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Four lane boat ramp 'best thing since sliced bread'

Bill Byrne and Kim Martin on north side of the river.
Bill Byrne and Kim Martin on north side of the river. Allan Reinikka ROK2120916aboatra

LOCAL fisherman Kim Martin says Rocky receiving a new four lane boat ramp is "one of the greatest things since sliced bread for the Fitzroy River".

Yesterday, Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne announced the four lane boat ramp and floating walkway at Callaghan Park on the Fitzroy River would be a part of a $30 million boost to more than 70 boat ramps across Queensland.

The latest announcement comes as a part of the Palaszczuk Government's commitment to Queensland's boating community.

Mr Byrne said he has been approached on nearly a daily basis by community members who were supportive of the government's initiative in tourism and recreational fishing.

"I will continue to work closely with Mayor Margaret Strelow and the councillors of the Rockhampton Regional Council to to ensure further development of proposals for the Fitzroy that are aimed at promoting tourism and recreational fishing in this region," he said.

Kim who has been fishing off the banks of the Fitzroy since he was a young boy said the infrastructure is desperately needed.

"We are lacking in infrastructure in this river and now words out, the secret is well and truly out there nationally that this river is now the best barramundi and king-fishery in Australia, bar none," he said.

"We're going to get people flocking here from all over Australia and overseas and we need more boat ramps, we need more infrastructure to look after these people.

"We are kind of at breaking point now, we're just coming into the barra season as all of the water warms up so we're really going to see over the next couple of months people coming here."

Kim said infrastructure was particularly needed on the north side of the river as the two older boat ramps did not suffice any longer.

"On the north side of the river we've only got the old ramp under the bridge which has always been the wrong way around, if you back a trailer it's very difficult.

"And the other one is all the way down Nerimbera and the facilities down there are really, quite frankly, second rate so we really desperately need something like this on north side."

Topics:  boat ramp, fishing, outdoor-living



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